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Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog

Now, Niti Aayog to ensure credibility of India’s economic data

Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar says think-tank will work towards 'improving statistical system and data mining' in the country.
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NITI Aayog pitches for enactment of National Medical Commission Bill 2017

The need for the bill arose due to failure of Medical Council of India and the Nursing Council of India to ensure availability and quality of health professionals.

Why Niti Aayog’s suggestion to cut IAS, IPS entry age limit is unlikely to make headway

NITI Aayog wants age limit for general IAS-IPS aspirants reduced to 27. In 2016, Baswan panel wanted age limit cut to 26 years, but Modi govt has been sitting on it.

China’s pollution is a headache for India – could cause a shortage of meds like Crocin

In 6 months, price of Chinese APIs have risen by 25-30%, with Indian firms saying it has made the production of common drugs unviable.
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15th Finance Commission has a new headache: States want more funds from Modi govt

States want their share of funds from central pool to be raised to 50% from 42%.

Modi govt will have to depend on PMEAC and NITI Aayog after Arvind Subramanian’s departure

With elections due in 2019, there may not be many takers for CEA job; officials say vacancy may not hurt much.
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Govt opens door to private sector talent, wants specialists to join ministries as joint secys

DoPT ad for applications gets mixed reactions - some welcome the move but others are apprehensive, say may increase scope for political appointments
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Plugged-In: The race for the chair is still on in Karnataka & contempt plea likely in Babri case

Single largest party BJP falls short of majority in Karnataka, Congress and JD(S) come together: The BJP emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka Tuesday but fell nine seats short of a majority. As a result, the Congress joined hands with third-placed rival JD(S) for a post-poll alliance. All eyes are now on governor Vajubhai Vala, who will have to decide whether to call the BJP to try to form the government or go with the JD(S)-Congress combine, reports The Economic Times. Several dead in Varanasi flyover collapse: At least 18 people were killed after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, reports The Finanacial Express. Shiv Sena corporator held for Aurangabad riots: The special investigation team (SIT) of Aurangabad police Tuesday arrested a Shiv Sena corporator in connection with the communal clashes over the weekened that killed two people. An AIMIM corporator was detained for questioning, reports The Indian Express. Contempt plea likely in Babri...
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India suffers from underemployment not unemployment: NITI Aayog’s Rajiv Kumar

NITI Aayog vice-chariman Rajiv Kumar says PM Modi takes his suggestions seriously; favours simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls due to cost factor.
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This is how India plans to track aspiration in its backward districts

PM Modi last month called for concerted efforts to bring transformation in the ‘aspirational districts’ by April this year.

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Udit Raj

BJP is denying ticket to vocal Dalit MPs like Udit Raj because they just won’t fall in line

Most sitting MPs whom BJP denied ticket to contest the 2019 elections were vocal about issues of caste and social justice in India.
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3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.